San Jose, Calif. - Nick Murphy, a senior defender on the San Jose State men's soccer team, is a Capital One Academic All-America® third-team honoree.
Murphy is the University's first men's soccer player to earn the award and the 16th student-athlete from San Jose State to receive the honor since it the comprehensive program was instituted in 1952.
Among 204 NCAA Division I schools which are eligible to nominate student-athletes for men's soccer, Murphy is one of 33 players to achieve this national recognition and will be one of 816 student-athletes to receive Academic All-America® honors this year.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution, have played in at least 50 percent of his/her team's games and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Murphy, a senior from San Francisco, Calif., is a four-year starter from Lowell High and has a 3.93 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in physics. He earned Capital One Academic All-District VIII first-team selection in 2010, 2011 and this year and is a two-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) All-Academic Team member (2010 and 2011). After the 2011-12 school year Murphy was honored as the San Jose State Male Scholar Athlete of the Year and is a three-time a San Jose State Scholar-Athlete (2009, 2010 and 2011).The 2012 team tri-captain started each of the team's 18 games and played every minute this season. He is a two-time All MPSF performer, earning second-team honors this year and honorable mention in 2010.